Today is our three month DTE anniversary! This means we've now officially been waiting for our son for three months. When our dossier first arrived in Ethiopia, we were #18 in line for an infant boy. We're now #7! We were hoping at this point to be a little farther up the list, but the Ethiopia program has hit quite a few road bumps lately. At the beginning of June, the Ethiopian courts issued a new rule requiring each child's original birth certificate be located before a court date could be issued. This put a stop to families receiving court dates and referrals for almost three weeks while birth certificates were being found.
Our adoption agency's Yahoo Group decided to storm the gates of heaven and take all of our worries, frustrations and concerns to Jesus on Sunday night, June 20. We held a two-hour prayer vigil lifting up each family in each stage of the adoption process. Monday morning, June 21, the flood gates opened! This week has been amazing! So many new court dates, referrals, and travel dates have been issued! Praise the Lord for His goodness and for the blessings He has poured out over our adoption group!
Now that the ball has begun rolling again, we are really feeling hopeful that July might be the month we get to see our son's face. The closer we get, the harder the wait seems. I am literally aching to know my son. My heart aches to fall in love with him, my eyes ache to see his precious face, and my arms ache to hold him close and let him know that he is ours.
The Lord has placed on my heart many times throughout this journey, Isaiah 43:5, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west." I know that He has called us to this journey and He is the one orchestrating each step. His timing is perfect, and when the wait gets difficult, that is where I rest.